W L Pct GB
Tacoma ..... 28 11 .718 —
Salem ...... 21 18 .538 7
Wenatchee .. 21 19 .525 7½
Yakima ..... 20 20 .500 8½
Tri-City ... 20 23 .465 10
Spokane .... 19 22 .463 10
Vancouver .. 16 23 .410 12
Victoria ... 16 25 .390 13
YAKIMA [Tri-City Herald, May 31]—Disaster, triple style, overtook the Tri-City Braves when they opened a doubleheader last night against Yakima. Two of the setbacks came off the bats of the Yakima Bears as they cut down the Braves twice 12-2, and 5-1. The twin-killing moved the Braves out of the first division and the Bears back in.
Sickness, the constant foe of the Tri-City team this season, struck again over the weekend when Al Spaeter, second baseman was bedded down because of a severe head cold with a touch of stomach flu.
Mike Budnick the hard luck member of the Braves pitching staff lost his third straight game in last night's owl contest. Although Budnick gave up five runs only three of them were earned. The rest came on a combination of three passed balls.
Yakima had the contest all sewed up by the end of the fourth as Bear hurler Dick Larner held the Tri-City bats in check. Meanwhile his teammates were pushing across one run each in the third and fourth. Tho Braves' lone score came in the eighth when Jim McKeegan, filling in for Al Spaeter, rifled a single to score Nick Pesut.
"Bullet" Joe Orrell found the going hard in the seven-inning opener. It was a. good ball game until the Bears opened the bottom of the fourth. When it finally ended 12 Yakima runs had cleated the home plate. The Bullet gave up a total of 13 base knocks, while Dickey was holding the Braves to five scattered blows.
Cy Greenlaw, the Brave portsider, currently sporting a 2-2 record is expected to open for the Braves tonight when the two teams resume their four-game series.
Tri City ....... 010 100 0—2 5 0
Yakima ........ 012 900 x—12 13 0
Orrell and Pesut; Dickey and Tiesiera.
Tri-City ....... 000 000 010—1 6 0
Yakima ........ 001 120 10x—5 7 2
Budnick and Pesut; Larner and Tornay.
TACOMA, May 30 [Frank Vaille, AP]—Old Ad Liska, the veteran submariner, had a new blaze burning today in the near charred embers of Salem's Western International league pennant hopes.
Now managing the Oregon club after more than 20 campaigns in the majors and high minors the ex-Portland ace hauled himself out of retirement Tuesday night to turn back the league-leading Tacoma Tigers 4-2. The victory snapped Salem's six-game losing streak and reinstated them in second place. Tacoma won the opener 11-2.
Liska gave up eight hits in turning back the Tacomans in the seven-inning finale and had to call on the cunning of past experience to get past the final inning. With the tying runs on second and third, the veteran squeaked through as Glen Stetter lined out and Dick Greco went down swinging. Salem won in the third, combining a walk, a hit batter, three singles and a pair of errors for three runs. Gil Loust won his seventh game against one defeat in the opener as Tacoma slugged out 16 hits including five doubles.
Salem ....... 000 200 000—2 9 2
Tacoma .... 301 223 00x—11 16 0
Burak, Waibel (5) and Beard; Loust and Sheets.
Salem ........ 003 010 0—4 9 1
Tacoma ..... 000 100 1—2 8 2
Liska and McMillan; Knezovich, Hufford (6) and Fischer.
SPOKANE, May 30 [Frank Vaille, AP]—Wenatchee, which moved into the runnerup spot only last Saturday, dropped back to third with a double loss to Spokane, 3-2 and 11-3, Tuesday night.
Wenatchee outhit Spokane 13-6 in their opener but Joe Rossi's sixth inning home run broke a 2-2 tie for the Indians. Spokane swept the bill with a 13-hit attack on Jay Ragni and Joe Blankenship in the nightcap handing Ragni his second loss against six victories.
Wenatchee ..... 000 110 000—2 11 0
Spokane ......... 020 001 00x—3 6 1
Dahle and Len Neal; Conant and Rossi.
Wenatchee .... 000 300 000— 3 10 2
Spokane ........ 102 230 30x—11 13 3
Ragni, Blankenship (7) and Fiscalini; Bishop and Rossi.
VICTORIA, [Colonist, May 31]—Playing championship baseball behind the fine pitching of Aldon Wilkie and Jim Hedgecock, Victoria Athletics yesterday downed Vancouver Capilanos in a scheduled W.I.L. doubleheader, 5-2 and 5-3, to sweep the Victoria end of an eight-game series and run the A’s latest winning streak to four games.
CITY FANS TURN OUT
A crowd of 2,500 was at Royal Athletic Park to see the season’s most exciting games, both play in well under two hours. Last night’s crowd made the attendance for Victoria’s ten-game stand—nine playing days—swell to 20,000.
In both games, the A’s had to come from behind to win with Gene Thompson breaking up the nine-inning opener with a three-run homer in the eighth and Manager Marty Krug ending on top in a tense battle of strategy in the thrilling finale. Wilkie and Hedgecock both pitch four-hitters, making it only 15 hits for the Caps against the improved Victoria pitching in three games.
MOORE, DUNN DELIVERS
Hooked up in a mound duel with Bob Snyder, Vancouver’s ace, Wilkie was trailing, 2-0, going into the seventh and Snyder had the A’s on his hip with four scattered hits. Only one Victoria runner had reached third when the tail-end of the batting order came through. Gene Thompson was on third and Jim Wert on first as a result of singles and two were out when Jim Moore and Bill Dunn, both currently on a batting spree, came through with run-scoring tallies to tie it up.
Then, with one out in the eighth, Joe Kronberg reached first when Jim Robinson erred on his bounder down the third-base line. K. Chorlton singled and Thompson followed with his seventh home run, a high blow over the wall, well down in left field. It earned Wilkie, who pitched a beautiful game, his second win. The veteran southpaw only gave up one hit after the third inning, a hard smash by Dick Sinovic, which took a nasty hop on Dunn.
JIM GETS HIS WISH
Hedgecock, literally itching to beat his former club, was just as effective. The slim wrong-hander set down the first nine Caps in order, faltered slightly as two messed-up bunts followed Jim Robinson’s lead-off single in the fourth to load the bags with none out. Hedgecock pitched out of that with an outfield fly and Sinovic’s hit scoring two runs. Brenner, who led off in the seventh with a home run, was the only Cap to get on base after that.
Meanwhile, the A’s made the most of the wildness of three Vancouver pitchers, although only able to pick up three hits. All five Victoria runs were put on the bags by bases on balls, and all five were moved into scoring position by four Victoria sacrifice bunts.
Strategic moves by the opposing managers kept the fans on edge. Brenner called for four intentional bases on balls but it only worked once as his pitchers failed to locate the plate. He was himself given first when he pinch hit for Bill Heisner in the fourth and the move worked as Bob McLean whiffed and Ray Tran flied out to leave loaded bags.
In the Victoria fourth, Brenner called on lefthander Carl Gunnarson to face Jim Wert and Krug countered with Al Ronning as a pinch hitter but Ronning skied out. This brought Junior Krug into the game to make his first appearance of the season at first base. He handled himself well afield and drove in the winning run in the fifth with a single through the middle. Victoria’s last two runs were scored identically with a walk and a sacrifice, followed by a single.
DUNN STILL GOING
One of the features was the continued good hitting of Dunn. The shortstop made three hits in four official trip sin the twon games to make it 11 hits in his last 15 trips over a foive-day period. During that time, his batting average rose 57 points to .274. Moore’s streak now stands at 11 huts in 25 trips over the last seven games.
BIG ONE TONIGHT
The A’s open a five-game stand at Vancouver tonight with Joe Mishasek named as the starter. Jim Propst goes tomorrow, followed by John Marshall on Friday and Wilkie and Hedgecock again on Saturday. From Vancouver, the A’s go to Salem and Yakima, before returning home again June 12.
A win tonight would move Victoria out of the cellar and the club is now only six games out of second place.
Vancouver ... 010 100 000—2 4 2
Victoria ....... 000 000 23x—5 10 3
Snyder and Brenner; Wilkie and Ronning.
Vancouver ... 000 200 1—3 4 0
Victoria ....... 001 211 x–5 3 1
Anderson, Bruenner (4), Gunnarson (4) and Brenner; Hedgecock and Weatherwax.
Calgary Wants Ball Franchise
EDMONTON, May 30 — The Edmonton Bulletin says in a sports page story Tuesday it has learned reliably that Calgary interests have applied for a Western International Baseball league franchise effective next year.
The story says that Calgary will enter the league only on condition that Edmonton also be prevailed upon to take up a W.I.L. franchise. Current members of the Class B circuit are Vancouver, Victoria, Salem, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Wenatchee.
It has been more than 25 years since either Calgary or Edmonton boasted a franchise in organized baseball. Both were members of the old Western Canada league.
Two teams each from Calgary and Edmonton comprise the Big Four inter-city circuit, a semi-professional circuit.
Commenting on the report, John Ducey, Edmonton's top baseball executive, said Western International League owners apparently hope to transfer franchises to the Alberta cities. He said Edmonton would not sanction this, buy a franchise or purchase any W.I.L. holdings.
NON WIL-MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
RUN BATTED IN
Credit The Mouse
AMSTERDAM, N.Y., May 30 (BUP)—A mouse received credit for a run batted in, Tuesday, in Gloversville's 12 to 4 victory over Amsterdam in the class "C" Canadian-American baseball league.
Gloversville had men on third and first when a tiny field mouse scampered across the mound. Amsterdam pitcher Harry Owens, ready for his delivery, shied away. The umpire ruled Owens' action a balk and waved the runner home from third.